Friday, April 3, 2015

C ~ Candy

In the living room, standing on top of the desk, was a large, beautiful, carnival glass candy bowl. It was never empty. We weren't allowed to touch it, but every Saturday Mom would lift it off and hold it down so we could choose a piece or two as a reward kind of thing for being good helpers.

It was something I looked forward to all week.

And then the most wonderful of things happened. A customer, intrigued by all things Amish, happened to stop in our store one day. She bought a little something, and then several days later she was back with her grandchildren so they could meet us as well.

I don't know if it was our large garden, our plain homemade clothes, or the fact that our main source of transportation was a horse and buggy, but for some reason she thought we would never have tasted candy before.

She presented each of us children with a brown paper grocery bag, filled to the brim with candy.

After she left Mom allowed us to choose a few pieces, and then the rest was tucked on the top shelf in the pantry. We could have one piece per day, and had to share a lot of it with our friends.

The lady continued to visit several times a month, always bearing things she thought we would not get to experience otherwise. Delicious cakes, cookies, jams and jellies, and always more candy.

15 comments:

  1. What a fond little memory! I don't ever recall being extra smitten with candy, but my sister is an absolute slave for them!

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    1. Part of it was probably because it was reserved as a special treat at our house.

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  2. For some, even knowing an Amish person is like a glimpse into another society. She sounds sweet, and I can just imagine your mom thinking "no way are they eating all that candy..."

    Happy Friday!

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    1. I think my Mom was a lot less enthused about all the candy than we were!

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  3. That was a very sweet thing for that lady to do. No pun intended.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Yes, it really was.

      Love unintentional puns.

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  4. Sweet memory! Perhaps the jams and cakes were storebought and she thought it would be a treat for your mom and dad, too :-) Personally, I'd rather have an Amish family come to visit me and bring me homemade goodies!

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    1. She used to make them all herself, and was quite pleased about it too.

      She first introduced us to pepper and mint jelly. Never did become a fan of those.

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  5. Sweet memory! Perhaps the jams and cakes were storebought and she thought it would be a treat for your mom and dad, too :-) Personally, I'd rather have an Amish family come to visit me and bring me homemade goodies!

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  6. That was such a kind thing for that lady to do! Of course, when I think "Amish" the first thing that comes to mind is jams and jellies - and shoo-fly pie! But not candy, unless you count fudge, which is a food group unto itself.

    When I was at boarding school, any incoming candy or chewing gum was locked in the Candy Closet. Once a day, the school nurse would unlock the closet and each of the girls got to select one piece. It seems to me that it was all put into a common pool, rather than each girl having her own candy all to herself, even over a long period. It's been a long time since I was in the fifth grade, so memory fails me. But I am still able to each just one or two pieces of candy and leave the rest for another day.

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    1. Yes, we made a lot of jams, jellies, and pie. No fudge though. We did make a variety of homemade candies.

      Having to share all the candy at boarding school...... I think I'd hope the other girls get plenty of chocolates. :)

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  7. Saying "Hello!" from the AZ Challenge. Thanks for your comment in one of my posts.

    I was not too fond of candy when I was a little girl. It came to me when I'm older, after college.

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    1. A lot of the candy I used to like as a child, I don't any longer. Chocolates is quite another story though.

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